The head of the Wagner private military company (PMC), Evgeny Prigozhin, has released a video address announcing that the PMC is actively recruiting and working towards making Russia “even greater.” Prigozhin also stated that Wagner aims to help Africa become “even more free.” The video, which emerged online on Monday, appears to have been filmed in Africa, with Prigozhin standing in a savannah-like landscape surrounded by armed men and gun trucks.
According to Prigozhin, the Wagner Group conducts reconnaissance and search activities and is committed to making Russia stronger on all continents, while also ensuring justice and happiness for all African peoples. He mentioned that the group has been targeting ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and other criminal elements, though he did not provide specific details about the tasks or who assigned them. The exact location and time of the recording are also unclear.
This video address comes after a period of silence from Prigozhin and the Wagner chief. Prior to the failed insurrection attempt by the PMC in June, amidst a dispute with the Russian Defense Ministry, Prigozhin had been active on social media. Eventually, the PMC was redeployed to Belarus under an agreement facilitated by President Alexander Lukashenko.
Recently, Poland has raised concerns about Wagner’s presence in Belarus and even claimed that the contractors attempted to breach the border. However, Lukashenko has firmly denied these allegations, accusing Poland of spreading baseless rumors.
The Wagner PMC has gained attention in recent years for its alleged involvement in conflicts, particularly in Syria and Ukraine. The group is known for its close ties to the Russian government and its controversial activities. Critics argue that the PMC operates as a tool for Russia’s geopolitical ambitions, while supporters argue that it provides security and stability in regions where it operates.
With this new video address, Prigozhin’s statement about making Africa “even more free” raises questions about Wagner’s intentions and involvement on the continent. Nevertheless, details about the PMC’s specific activities in Africa remain limited.
The Wagner Group’s operations continue to attract international scrutiny, especially as its influence expands beyond Russia’s immediate sphere of influence. As countries like Poland raise concerns about Wagner’s activities, tensions and speculations surrounding the PMC’s role in global security dynamics persist.
In conclusion, the head of the Wagner private military company has affirmed the organization’s commitment to recruiting and making Russia greater. Additionally, Wagner aims to assist Africa in becoming more free. However, this video address leaves many questions unanswered regarding the specific tasks and locations of the PMC’s operations. The growing concerns and allegations surrounding Wagner’s presence in Belarus and Africa further heighten the international spotlight on the group’s activities and its implications for global security.